Cardi B defends Rita Ora's 'Girls' amid criticism from the LGBTQ+ community

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Eventually, after controversy built around the song over the weekend, Ora took to social media herself, both apologizing and offering some needed clarification about what the song "Girls" means for her personally. Her Instagram is still disabled but her Twitter is up and running.

Ora previously told People magazine she wanted the song, which also features Charli XCX, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha, to be a bisexual anthem.

She said: 'Hello everyone reading this. In the wake of backlash from Hayley Kiyoko, Kehlani, and others, Ora responded to the criticism on Monday by sharing that she's had relationships with both men and women.

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The singer, who is now touring the United Kingdom, took to Instagram on Monday to express her regret over unintentionally hurting members of the LGBTQ community, confessing: 'I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone'.

She also went on to reiterate her own learning experience and ask for grace for the song's other featured artists, as they may still be learning themselves.

Unlike all of the artists appearing on "Girls", Hayley Kiyoko is an open lesbian who has worked to normalize the idea of gay relationships in her music. But this time Cardi took 100% of the responsibility and apologized.

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She continued to explain that in the past, her lack of awareness has caused her to use terms considered offensive to the LGBTQ+ community.

The "Bodak Yellow" singer took the moment to also apologize for her past use of gay slurs, loosely referencing a controversy previous year when her fiancé Offset used the phrase "I can not vibe with queers" in a freestyle verse and she defended him. We all learn and grow boo that's life " "Exactly me too", Cardi captioned the tweet, saying that she heard friends use the term so she thought it was OK. "I learned and i stopped using it".

The singer, 27, beamed as she flashed her incredibly toned abs in a tiny black crop top for her trip to a burger bar.

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